Being a parent is one of life’s toughest jobs, particularly when your children enter their teenage years. While their primary goal is likely to be establishing independence, they still need you to provide guidance in their daily lives and a loving, supportive home. For unmarried parents and those who end up getting a divorce, creating child time-sharing plans can present additional challenges during the already turbulent teenage years. The following are 10 tips that can help you and your kids successfully adjust to the situation.
Legal guidelines for raising children when parents are no longer living together have changed over the last several years. Rather than simply awarding one parent primary custody while the other gets visitation, the Illinois Statutes aim more for joint parenting plans. By allocating parental responsibilities between both parties, each is encouraged to maintain an active and engaged role in the child’s life.
These plans often take some time to adjust to, particularly for children in their teens. Steps you can take to help them through the process include:
At the Women’s Divorce and Family Law Group, we can guide you in creating child time-sharing plans that work for your family. Call or contact our Chicago family law attorneys online today to schedule a consultation.
There are many factors to consider when contemplating divorce, and a pre-divorce planning session can help you begin to plan for a divorce. Please contact the professionals at the Women’s Divorce & Family Law Group by calling (312) 585-6604 or clicking here to schedule a consultation.